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Arron Afflalo Talks Bulls




Zach Lowe of The Point Forward recently did an interview with Denver Nuggets shooting guard, Arron Afflalo.  Lowe has been banging on the Afflalo to Chicago drum for a minute now and didn't waste the opportunity to bring it up once the two sat down.

Below are the highlights . . .

Arron Afflalo has become, improbably, a bit of a cause célèbre among NBA die-hards. In his four years in the league, Afflalo has averaged double figures in scoring just once (last season in Denver) and never put up a league-average Player Efficiency Rating. Even so, fans of every team with a need on the wing — and especially fans in Chicago — are clamoring for their club to make a run at Afflalo, who will be a restricted free agent once the league resumes business. A lot of Bulls fans preferred him when presented with a theoretical choice between signing him and trading for Golden State’s Monta Ellis, and I ranked Afflalo as the best wing free agent considering all factors — age, cost, potential and value.

SI.com: The Bulls could use some two-way punch at shooting guard. Have you thought about how you’d fit there?

Afflalo: Oh yeah, my agent [Sam Goldfeder] brought that up to me before the lockout. He definitely mentioned the Bulls as a dream that would be great for me based on fit.

 

SI.com: There’s a fine line, though, right? You don’t necessarily want to take too big a role in your team’s offense, especially if you’re playing with someone like Derrick Rose.

Afflalo: The key is to be efficient. I’m just trying to figure out how much of my game I can put forth before it’s detrimental to my team. I’m still heading toward the direction of using more of myself, but I will never let it get to the point where I’m trying to be a star but my team is not winning.

And I felt last season that as I got better as an offensive player, there would at times be some slippage in the defensive intensity I’ve shown throughout my career. I didn’t like that. I want to get my conditioning and strength to where I can guard the other team’s best player the whole game and still score efficiently.

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